Monthly Archives: June 2022

Irrational Optimism — The Spirit Of A Bitcoiner

No retreat, no surrender, Bitcoiners are not here to back down as the fiat establishment might hope. This is an opinion editorial by Aleks Svetski, author of “The UnCommunist Manifesto,” founder of The Bitcoin Times and Host of the “Wake Up Podcast with Svetski.” I just came back from incline sprints and chin-up burpees, at 1:30 p.m. in 103 degree Texas heat, listening to “Through the Fire,” “Push it to the Limit” and “Eye of the Tiger.” Oh … and I’m fasting. Irrational? Yes. Abso-fucking-lutely. When the […]

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Following BTC’s Price Drop, Bitcoin Miners Benefit From a 2.35% Difficulty Reduction

During the past week, Bitcoin’s hashrate has dropped a few percentages after reaching 288 exahash per second (EH/s) on June 8, 2022. Bitcoin miners, however, got a break on Wednesday, June 22, as the mining difficulty dropped by 2.35% making it easier for miners to find blocks. The 2.35% drop brings the difficulty down to the 29.50 trillion range for the next two weeks. Bitcoin’s Mining Difficulty Drops 2.35% On Wednesday, June 22, at block height 741,888, Bitcoin’s mining difficulty decreased 2.35% lower than two weeks ago. […]

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Meta set to begin testing NFTs on Instagram Stories with SparkAR

Earlier this week, Meta also announced it would join with other tech companies to create a metaverse standards body. Instagram’s parent company Meta announced Wednesday that it will begin testing NFTs on Instagram Stories using its augmented reality platform SparkAR. CEO Mark Zuckerberg said of the announcement, “We’re expanding our test so more creators around the world can display their NFTs on Instagram.” The company also mentioned in a recent article,  “Creators and collectors will be able to share their digital collectibles across Facebook and Instagram after we begin rolling […]

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Canadian regulator takes enforcement actions against Bybit and Kucoin

“Bybit responded to the OSC’s enforcement action, maintained an open dialogue, provided requested information, and committed to engaging in registration discussions,” said the OSC. The Ontario Securities Commission, or OSC, issued financial penalties against Bybit and Kucoin, claiming violations of securities laws and operating unregistered crypto asset trading platforms. In a Wednesday announcement, the Ontario regulator said it had obtained orders fining Kucoin more than $1.6 million and banning the exchange from participating in the province’s capital markets. In a separate decision, the OSC announced that Bybit […]

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NFT, DeFi and crypto hacks abound — Here’s how to double up on wallet security

Falling prey to a fraudulent link can be devastating to one’s personal investment portfolio. Here are three ways a hard wallet can protect you. The explosiveness and high dollar value of nonfungible tokens (NFTs) seem to either distract investors from upping their operational security to avoid exploits, or hackers are simply following the money and using very complex strategies to exploit collectors’ wallets. At least, this was the case for me way back when after I fell for a classic message sent to me over Discord that […]

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Institutions are exploring the space — KPMG Canada crypto team

Kareem Sadek and Kunal Bhasin said the team had seen “a lot of momentum” around the tokenization of assets but was also considering the potential growth of NFTs and the Metaverse. The Canadian operations of Big Four auditor Klynveld Peat Marwick Goerdeler, or KPMG, may have a role to play in institutions entering the crypto space, according to two team members. Speaking to Cointelegraph at the Collision conference in Toronto on Tuesday, Kareem Sadek and Kunal Bhasin of KPMG Canada’s crypto assets and blockchain services team said […]

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Price analysis 6/22: BTC, ETH, BNB, ADA, XRP, SOL, DOGE, DOT, LEO, SHIB

BTC and select altcoins attempted a reversal, but are facing heavy selling at higher levels, which is proof that bears remain in control of the wider market. Bitcoin (BTC) continues to face a tough battle near the psychological level of $20,000 as the bulls and the bears attempt to assert their supremacy. Trading firm QCP Capital said in their latest market circular that funding rates on derivatives markets were stable and bearish conditions were fading. Another ray of hope for the Bitcoin bulls is that Bitcoin miners […]

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Report: Crypto Hedge Fund Three Arrows Capital Pitched a GBTC Arbitrage Trade Before Rumored Collapse

Last week there was a lot of focus on the crypto hedge fund Three Arrows Capital (3AC) as the firm allegedly had a great deal of leveraged positions liquidated and there’s been speculation about insolvency. According to a recent report, 3AC’s over-the-counter (OTC) operation TPS Capital pitched a GBTC arbitrage opportunity before the company reportedly failed to meet margin calls. 3AC Co-Founder Says ‘Terra-Luna Situation Caught Us Very Much off Guard’ — FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried Insists Problems Like 3AC Couldn’t Have Happened With an Onchain Protocol […]

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Voyager enters into $500M loan agreement with Alameda amid 3AC exposure

Voyager announced that Three Arrows Capital owes the firm 15,250 BTC and $350 million USDC. Trading platform Voyager Digital takes a loan from trading firm Alameda Research because of its exposure to crypto venture capital firm Three Arrows Capital (3AC).  In a press release by Voyager Digital, the firm announced that it has borrowed 15,000 Bitcoin (BTC) from Alameda to cover the losses that came from its exposure to the 3AC contagion. Voyager also noted that the company might issue a notice of default to 3AC if […]

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TAG Heuer has an NFT smartwatch: Nifty Newsletter, June 15–21

Yahoo Hong Kong executive Lorraine Cheung said that activities in the Metaverse are seen by Hong Kong residents as a good alternative to social interaction amid the pandemic. This week’s newsletter highlights Yahoo’s plans to get involved in nonfungible tokens (NFTs) and metaverse-based projects. Also, watch manufacturer TAG Heuer is dipping its toes into NFTs, and digital collectible platforms in China have increased in number despite warnings from the government. On a positive note, a CryptoPunk that was donated to Aid For Ukraine sold for more than $100,000. […]

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